Ideas Are Only Seeds

Farmer's hand watering a young plant

Thought for the Week

“Like every book I never wrote, it is by far the best book I have ever written.” ~G.K. Chesterton

In nature, 99% of seeds never germinate, and of those, owing to poor conditions, less than 1% survive. That means only about 1 in 10,000 seeds actually becomes a living plant, of which roughly 1 in 10 truly thrives. Result? About 1 out of every 100,000 seeds actually fulfills its purpose.

Ideas are the same. Only a tiny percentage of ideas are ever actually planted, watered, pruned, and patiently cared for long enough to bear a bumper crop of fruit.

That means less than 1 out of 100,000 of the world’s greatest masterpieces, scientific breakthroughs, and revolutionary inventions has ever seen the light of day. Will yours be that 1 in 100,000? Remember, ideas are only seeds.

Plant the seed.


Image courtesy of SnugHug&Co

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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25 Responses to Ideas Are Only Seeds

  1. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    This is a great reminder in my prayer time. One great idea can take time to do well. I see that as I look at all the possibilities and seeing what the Lord wants to use. Have a great creative week. Hope the movie process is moving forward.

    Thank you,


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  2. sniderjerry says:

    Buddy Bloom Wildflower ( A tale of Struggle and Celebration) a story about a seed in search of his purpose. Have a great day, Mitch – Jerry

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  3. This post made me really reflect on what I am doing with life. I am an author/coach and PhD student. I have just retired from 13 years of addiction counseling. Life can be focused so much that we forget those seeds we have not yet planted. I hope and pray that all of your seeds get planted and flourish. Blessings and honor, Christine C Sponsler

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  4. Gary Fultz says:

    A great thought Mitch. After seeing trees growing out of rocks in the wilderness, and a small root crack a house size rock in half if it can get in a crevice, I believe the saying “Never underestimate the power of a seed”

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    Powerful metaphor. ✨

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  6. Perth Girl says:

    A powerful reminder. Thank you 😊

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  7. c.f. leach says:

    Since my ideas come from a mustard seed kingdom I am certain they will do what God has purposed them to do. Great post! Thanks for the reminder—Blessings and Peace.

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  8. lilyofthevalley777 says:

    Amen…and don’t forget to water. 🌱💧

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  10. haoyando says:

    That is soooooo true. It is really important not to give up, but sometimes it is hard. After meeting one setback after another…

    This is why a watermelon or a cantaloupe has so many seeds. LOL. I’ve never thought about the survival rate.

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  11. Thanks for the encouragement😊

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  12. frenchc1955 says:

    Mitch, thank you for this wonderful post!

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  13. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Please read this wonderful post from Mitch Teemley!

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